2020 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid

2020 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Review: Tough Sell

As the automotive industry and the world at large continue to embrace eco-friendly cars, expensive and relatively inept electric vehicles and hybrids tend to fall by the wayside. This is arguably the case for the 2020 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid, which, with its 224-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3 engine and 9.6 kWh electric motor, achieves a mere 16 miles of electric-only range and isn't quite 'hybrid-level' efficient. PHEV alternatives such as the Toyota RAV4 and Kia Niro make this clear. As a semi-electrified subcompact crossover, the Countryman PHEV is still a rather fun vehicle to drive, especially around town, and its 5-door crossover layout allows for the whole family to join in. Will slightly improved performance and a handful of driver-assist technologies be enough to keep the 2020 Countryman PHEV competitive in the booming crossover SUV/hybrid market? It's a tough sell.

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2020 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Mini Cooper Countryman?

For 2020, the Mini Cooper SE Plug-In Hybrid receives a smattering of enhancements and new features, the most significant upgrade being a larger battery pack. The PHEV's old 7.7 kWh battery has been replaced by a 9.6 kWh unit, improving its all-electric driving range from 12 miles to 16 miles. It also now comes standard with Mini's Active Driving Assistant suite, which comprises a good selection of advanced driver-assist technologies.

Pros and Cons

  • Iconic, retro Mini design aesthetics
  • Peppy acceleration around town
  • Fun, nimble handling characteristics
  • Confidence-inspiring reliability expectations
  • Confined front seats
  • Uses expensive premium fuel only
  • Subpar EV-only range and mileage
  • Regenerative braking system is uncouth

2020 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Cooper SE ALL4
1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Plug-in Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Other
$37,900

Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 169.8 in
  • Wheelbase 105.1 in
  • Height 61.4 in
  • Max Width 71.7 in
  • Front Width 61.6 in
  • Rear Width 61.7 in

Exterior Colors

  • Moonwalk Grey Metallic
  • British Racing Green IV Metallic
  • Light White
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • MINI Yours Enigmatic Black Metallic
  • Thunder Grey Metallic
  • Island Blue Metallic
  • Melting Silver Metallic

Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

A 1.5-liter turbocharged straight 3-cylinder engine that's hybridized with two electric motors and a 9.6 kWh battery is the only source of power for the Countryman Plug-in Hybrid crossover. It develops a combined 224 hp that's ceded through a 6-speed automatic transmission to the Mini's ALL4 all-wheel drive system. The Countryman crossover's powertrain is somewhat lively but the car isn't as playful as its brethren. In terms of charging, the Mini's battery will take around seven hours to reach a full-charge on a 120-volt outlet. There is no official towing capacity for the Countryman, despite its crossover status.

  • Engine
    1.5L Turbo Inline-3 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    Other

Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    9.5 Gallons
* 2020 Mini Countryman Cooper SE ALL4

Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.4 in
  • Front Head Room 40.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.3 in

Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid a good SUV?

There's a lot to like about the Countryman Plug-in Hybrid crossover, such as its iconic, retro-chic Mini styling, its contemporary spacious cabin, and its relatively enjoyable drive dynamics. A good safety rating came from the IIHS's review of the 2020 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid and the car has decent reliability expectations, to boot. It's also a luxurious alternative to its main competition, such as the Kia Niro and Subaru Crosstrek PHEVs. However, at the 2020 Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrids price of $37,900, it's quite expensive, considering all the superior alternatives out there. It's clear that Mini didn't want to compromise on the fun-to-drive character that's so heavily associated with its name when it created the Countryman PHEV. However, a good plug-in hybrid needs to supply adequate electric-only range and highly efficient gas mileage figures to make it a feasible option, and this is where Mini missed the mark. Hopefully, a much-improved third-generation of the Countryman Plug-in Hybrid crossover will come to the USA in the near future.

🚗What Mini Cooper Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Model Should I Buy?

As a standalone model, you don't get much choice at all when it comes to the Countryman SE Plug-in Hybrid. There are various packages and add-ons available to choose from, but being that the 2020 model comes standard with Mini's Active Driving Assistance Package, which comprises a head-up display, active cruise control, parking assistant, and park distance control, there's no real need to option anything else.

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